For a couple months now, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Deltron Sands was all set to commit to Maryland. He immediately connected with Terps running backs coach Andre Powell, spoke highly of the school in general and praised the Big Ten move. Even though the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder had never been to College Park, Md., before, he had heard enough and talked to enough people to know he'd like the area.
In fact, Sands went as far as saying he would announce his Maryland commitment right before his school's spring game May 24. But with less than a week before said date, Sands is beginning to have second thoughts. He said he spoke to both his parents and coaches at length May 17 and has decided it's best to wait out the recruiting process.
"I'm still high on Maryland and all, but just from talking to my mom and dad and my coaches, I'm going to keep things open," said Sands, who holds offers from UMD, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Western Michigan and Cincinnati. "I don't want to commit too soon, and then have some of these other schools that are coming in and showing interest offer me. There's a few really big programs showing interest in me that I like. Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, Florida State and Florida are all showing interest."
Sands said the main schools he'd like to secure verbals from are CU, South Carolina and Auburn. He said each of those programs' recruiters have been in touch, with the Gamecocks perhaps closest to pulling the trigger.
"With those three, they're all really big schools, they have winning records and they win bowl games," Sands said. "And that's what I want. I want to go to a program that wins. I come from a high school that does nothing but win, and I want to continue that at the college level."
Which is why he's a bit hesitant in regards to Maryland right now.
"That's the thing with Maryland – I'm just not sure if they're going to win," Sands said. "They're moving to a powerhouse conference, which is great, but I want to see how they do first. I want to see if they can win against some of the top Big Ten teams."
While that doesn't sound entirely promising from a Terps' perspective, Sands insists he still has UMD firmly in play. He's been in touch with Powell and plans to call area recruiter Brian Stewart at some point as well.
"Coach Powell was telling me how he thinks Maryland is the right place for me and he hopes I make the decision to be a Terp," Sands said. "He really wants me there. And Coach Powell, he's a cool guy and he keeps it real. He's not going to blow your head up; he's going to tell it like it is."
Sands said he still wants to visit College Park, most likely for an official during the fall. He'll also try and trip to Syracuse, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn and Cincinnati.
"I'm going to Cincinnati for sure this summer, and I'll try to get to a few others too," Sands said. "I'm going to Florida too and I hope I can eventually get that offer. I kind of want to leave the state, but Florida is the only school that could keep me here.
"After [seeing Cincinnati and Florida] I'll see where else I can get. Then I'll take the rest of my visits in the fall and after my senior season."
The Sunshine State back does not plan to attend any one-day camps. He said he's focused on improving his craft and becoming a dominant feature back in Aquinas' offense.
"I don't feel I need to go to the camps. I'm going to let my play on the field do the talking," Sands said. "I'll send out my senior film and see what schools wants me after that. I'm aiming for a big year this year."
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